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      February photo shoot - cheers to mud season!

      Mud season means that winter is mostly (though certainly not completely!) over. While we will see more snow and maybe more bitter cold, spring is not that far away. So here we are standing in the back yard aka mud pit with LL Bean dog bed covers and couch coverings fluttering in the stiff breeze. Spring is close enough, in fact, that Faye planted seeds for lettuce, radishes, and arugula under the hoop tunnel behind us.

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      Great Happy Almost Spring picture. Mud, what's that. Oh, the stuff that migrates inside this time of year.
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      You guys look happier about mud season than I am.

      Maybe it's the beer.

      (I really enjoy your monthly photographic "visits".)
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      great photo!
      I am seeing spots of mudd among the ice here I'm exited!

      I need to get my butt in gear and buy seeds if I want to start from seed this year (I assume this can be a little cheaper)? Just need to figure out where to buy them...

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
      great photo!
      I am seeing spots of mudd among the ice here I'm exited!

      I need to get my butt in gear and buy seeds if I want to start from seed this year (I assume this can be a little cheaper)? Just need to figure out where to buy them...
      You should be to get McKenzie and Mr Fothergill brand seeds at Canadian Tire. Home Hardware usually carries OSC (Ontario Seed Company). I’ve grown seeds from OSC, generally they’ve germinated well. Veseys in PEI have a good selection but they have become a little pricey. I started several things on Family Day; leeks, shallots, jalapeño, celery, bell pepper, Hot Hungarian Black peppers, tomatillos and chocolate cherry tomatoes plus a couple of flowers. So far the leeks, jalapeño, HH Black peppers, tomatillo and chocolate cherries have sprouted. If all goes well I will plant leeks and shallots in early April, celery, late April and the rest the first week of May. I generally push the envelope, knowing that I can protect most things from frost. Our last frost date is somewhere between mid-April to end of April. I think yours is more likely around Victoria Day.
      A packet of seeds will generally last us two to three years. After that I start to worry about seed viability and plant more seeds per cell. The raised bed I planted with seed that was between two and four years old. Planted the lettuce prett thick, thinking I can thin it out if the need arrives. Okay, end of lecture on seed stuff!



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      Fran, it sure does migrate inside doesn't it? Our dog towels get quite the workout!

      Barb, what makes us (or at least me) happy is knowing that winter is mostly over. Having said that we're under a snowfall warning tonight with 20 centimeters (8 inches) not out of the question.

      Thank you Tanya! I can't really add anything to Faye's response.

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      I’ve never tried saving seeds from one year to the next except grass seed that is left over and I throw down with new seed in the spring. I guess the seeds in that seed vault aren’t new and are kept for decades. Do you store your seeds in some manner to try to preserve the quality of the seeds?


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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      I’ve never tried saving seeds from one year to the next except grass seed that is left over and I throw down with new seed in the spring. I guess the seeds in that seed vault aren’t new and are kept for decades. Do you store your seeds in some manner to try to preserve the quality of the seeds
      Our house temperature is pretty cool in the winter and I keep them in a shoe box in the coolest room in the house. I have index cards with the month written on them. I catalogue according to the month I need to start them or plant out. I always say my garden is my science experiment.
      Today we plan to get some PVC piping and make a stronger hoop tunnel. One that can remains up right with a snow load. Ours collapsed in December and the lettuce in it didn’t survive. I keep hoping that some how I can get the lettuce to survive most of the winter.

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